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    "Retiring an Old Workhorse"
    03/01/2021 @ 8:00 am | By Bob Rohrer CAE, FBCM, Manager

    The ditty “the old gray mare ain’t what she used to be” popped into my head as I started to write this month’s column. I could be talking about myself with my whining about aches and pains increasing each day but actually, I’m thinking about my old, snowplow tractor.

    AFBF releases new children's soybean book

    02/04/2021 @ 9:20 am

    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Feeding Minds Press has released a new book, “My Family’s Soybean Farm,” along with a companion educator guide.

    Family Farm and Food Bytes

    02/04/2021 @ 8:15 am

    Tyson Foods To Pay $221.5 Million To Settle Some Chicken Price-Fixing Claims (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc said it will pay $221.5 million to settle litigation by three groups of plaintiffs that accused it of illegally conspiring to inflate chicken prices.

    Teaching Students About Ag Careers

    02/03/2021 @ 2:30 pm

    Our new farm shadow program is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain valuable insight into potential agriculture careers. Through partnerships with our Farm Bureau Professional Members working within the ag industry, we hope to provide middle and high school students with an understanding of how their coursework connects to the variety of jobs in our field so they will come away with a better understanding of the skills needed to be successful.

    The Cook County Farm Bureau's Community Urban Garden Grant Program is looking to award six gardens a $350 grant!

    The Cook County Farm Bureau's Community Urban Garden Grant Program is looking to award six gardens a $350 grant!
    02/03/2021 @ 1:20 pm

    All community-based urban gardens in Cook County are encouraged to apply. Grant details and applications are available through February 28.

    Making Your Goal a New Year's Reality

    02/03/2021 @ 11:00 am | By Adrienne DeSutter

    A new year is upon us, bringing new experiences, new ambitions, and new challenges. For many, 2020 left us filled with disappointment, much like a recent conversation I had with my husband: “Welcome home, hubs. You’re not going to be happy about this, but…”

    Farmland values resilient through pandemic, poised to grow

    Farmland market proved once again this year that, even in a pandemic, it’s worth what it earns.

    Be Leery of Deals offering unneeded Transportation Compliance Services

    02/03/2021 @ 9:20 am

    Farmers need to be aware of companies calling and offering services to help them comply with transportation regulations, warned Rodney Knittel, Illinois Farm Bureau assistant director of transportation and infrastructure.

    How Covid changed Consumer Preferences

    02/03/2021 @ 8:00 am

    Temporarily empty grocery store shelves and some meat packing plant closures last year as a result of the pandemic focused greater attention on the U.S. food and farming sector. At a featured session during the AFBF Convention entitled “The Post-COVID Consumer: What’s Top of Mind for Them,” participants discussed coronavirus-forced food trends that they believe will stick, and possible new ones still to come.

    Samuelson retires after 60 years at WGN Radio

    02/02/2021 @ 3:30 pm

    Some of the best things in life have humble beginnings. Like a morning that starts with helping your father milk cows, followed by a 17-mile drive to the local radio station, that eventually leads to a radio broadcasting career spanning six decades.

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